International Business Management MSc
MSc International Business Management provides a systematic, comprehensive, in-depth study of international business. You'll develop the ability to critically evaluate and appraise existing theories and ideas about changes taking place in the world of international business. You'll also build an awareness and understanding of how different cultural attitudes and beliefs shape the international business environment in different regions of the world.
You'll learn to use scientific research techniques to engage in independent investigation, building knowledge and understanding of particular issues that are the forefront of the different areas covered by the degree.
You'll become a more effective decision-taker, with the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills to engage in independent, original thought which has practical application in the business environment.
Dr Karin Moser brings together knowledge of computer science and psychology to research why individuals within an organisation share or withhold their knowledge
International Finance and Decision Making
Strategic international human resource management
ELECTIVE 1 (From the menu of electives below).
ELECTIVE 2 (From the menu of electives below).
DISSERTATION (60 CREDITS)
- International management
This module brings together knowledge, understanding, different interpretations and critical analysis of the contexts and issues relating to management in international firms. We'll analyse the strategies, policies and decision making of international firms in the context of the changing international business environment. We'll cover: management practices in important economic regions in the world; the international strategic environment and competition in global industries; alternative foreign market entry and development methods and the multinational enterprise; human resources (international transfers and expatriation, management development, cross-cultural issues) competency and corporate performance; strategy formulation and evaluation; competitive advantage and sustainability; international business strategy; strategy implementation; international acquisitions and mergers; international collaboration, the delta model and value networked organisations; international organisational structure; strategy implementation: culture and strategic change; and, globalisation and anti-globalisation.
- International marketing
In this module you’ll understand international marketing concepts and developing international marketing skills is essential for the success of organisations operating in increasingly global, challenging and changing markets. The module provides an overview of international marketing issues, integrating theory and practice across a wide range of international business contexts. We’ll cover three key elements; part 1, is dedicated to appreciating environmental differences, especially cultural ones when conducting international market research to assess and identify foreign target markets; part 2, is the review of international market expansion strategies in terms of resources allocation and international involvement and a detailed analysis of foreign market entry strategies; and part 3, covers global product policies; global pricing, international distribution channels and global communications.
- International Finance and Decision Making The unit seeks to develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to evaluate the impact of business decisions on different constituencies of stakeholder as well as being able to participate in decisions and processes concerning the maximisation of value in investment, finance and risk management, and understand the implications of taxation in financial decision making.
- Strategic international human resource management
In this module we'll investigate and analyse current practice and developments in Strategic Personnel and Development with full regard to International context. We'll focus clearly on the importance of Strategic HRM as being a key to the success and competitive edge of today’s organisations. This module provides an understanding of international business practices, problems and strategies with specific reference to human resource management issues. The practical simulation activities you'll be involved in provide many hands-on learning opportunities that can help prepare you the workplace.
This module requires the completion of a circa 20,000 (not including appendices and bibliography or references) Master’s level dissertation in an area of international business. It requires that, and provides an opportunity for you to virtually independently conceive, plan and execute an appropriate piece of research based on firm academic foundations.
Plus two options from:
- Global operations and logistics
In today’s global market, it is not uncommon for a company to develop a new product in the USA, manufacturer it in Asia, and sell it in Europe. The role of manufacturing as a key element of a firm’s competitive strategy has been recognised in all areas of the world e.g. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Wage-rate differentials, expanding foreign markets, the free movement of capital, and improved transportation are reducing the barriers of time and space between countries forcing the logistics function to take on a global dimension. Global logistics is the response to the increasing integration of international markets as firms endeavour to remain competitive.
- Business data for decision making
Business data for decision making include tools and techniques, for the transformation of raw data into meaningful and actionable information for business analysis. Every major industry has powerful transaction-oriented systems, which stores the data gathered from daily operations into repositories. To remain competitive enterprises need the ability to rediscover and utilise the data they already hold. This module will provides you with the skills to derive insights from a pool of data available, delivering precise, actionable and timely inputs for decision making. We'll cover the main concepts and key components of business data techniques and applications including: predictive modelling, descriptive data mining, pattern analysis and prescriptive analysis.
- Everyday sustainability for business
Every business needs to have a robust sustainability programme – customers prefer it, investors like it, staff want it and society demands it. But often sustainability as practised is a cost centre and this puts pressure on organisation's good intentions as budgets are often tight. This module offers an alternative approach to everyday sustainability by making it pay for more than itself in everyday practice. It requires no knowledge of rocket science or a deep enthusiasm for “green” thinking. All it requires is a desire to succeed – both as an individual and as an organisation. The sessions will take you through auditing the current state, resolving problems, developing a workable strategy and its implementation. Supplementary content includes communications and marketing, rewards and world-class analysis techniques.
- Managing virtual work
This module enables you to understand the specifics of managing different aspects of virtual work, such as distributed teams, remote employees, remote clients or collaboration partners, and organisations that are entirely virtual. One of the important aspects considered is the switches between off-site and on-site work that most people do in today’s work environments and its implications for perception and behaviour for both employees and management.
- Intercultural management
This module enables you to understand the specifics of managing in an intercultural work context. In a globalised and digital economy everyone comes in contact and works with people from very different cultural backgrounds, whether it is employees, clients, or collaboration partners. Digital modes of working make it possible even for SMEs or individuals to work with partners and in markets across the globe.
- Business ethics
In today’s global world the corporation is faced with complex challenges. The prevailing view is that the corporation as an increasingly powerful member of society cannot merely focus on achieving profit but also use its power to enhance the lives of people and sustain the planet and its environment. You'll study philosophical approaches to ethical decision making and apply these approaches to the modern corporation in a variety of functions and industries. You'll analyse how corporations are responding to ethical, environmental and legal concerns through the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Strategy.
- Islamic Governance and Risk The module investigates the theory and practice of Islamic governance and risk management, and the regulatory and ethical environment of the Islamic Banking and Finance industry.
- Enterprise and entrepreneurial management
This module addresses contemporary issues in enterprise awareness and entrepreneurship with links to the process of enterprise creation, development and exit. We'll explore the opportunities of processes in enterprise management and creation in the 21st century. The module addresses themes/skills drawn from: operations management, business-life cycles, entrepreneurial patterns, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and builds on contemporaneous discussions of enterprise, entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial skills and management and the overall identification and analysis of enterprise issues. We'll make significant reference to the broader issues of: the processes of organisation creation and its development from idea generation and opportunity recognition through to social and business development and exit. We'll address a wide range of topics drawn from the finance for start-ups, political issues such as relationship building, strategic alliances, networking, word of mouth, creativity enterprise and entrepreneurial marketing.
Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students can, in addition to senior management roles, build a career in a variety of roles in consulting, marketing, finance and human resource management. In this respect the personal development emphasis on the course reflects the skills demanded for flexible roles in managing across a variety of organisational cultures and functions inside multinational companies.
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Haider has development experience in generating and manipulating graphics, animations, audio, video and text to create integrated multimedia programs. His research is in the area of Software Maintenance and Measurement, specifically Change Impact Analysis (CIA).
Dr Lakhdar Boukersi was awarded a PhD in International Marketing, and his research interests include the application of Marketing Management in LDC's, impact of international trade fairs on export development, trade fairs and exhibitions as a communication tool.
Gurjeet's current research interests lie in the fields of Quantitative Finance, Financial Econometrics and Applied Mathematical Modelling.
Mel helped to launch the first public email systems available in the UK and has also undertaken consultancy work with both large firms and small organisations covering all aspects of marketing.
Shashi has expertise in corporate and strategic financial management, institutional fund management, international finance, security analysis, portfolio management, portfolio performance measurement, mergers and acquisitions, valuations and research design and methods.
Dr Luke is an Associate Professor and Subject Group Leader for Economics within the School of Business. He currently lectures on the BA Business Studies course, and is the Course Director for the BSc Economics undergraduate degree. Dr Luke is also the Director of the Centre for International Business Studies.
An expert in international human resource management, John has 20+years' industry experience within multinational companies including: Alcan Aluminium Company of Canada and Cincinnati Bell in Ohio, USA. PhD supervisor.
Dr Maria Postoyeva specialises in knowledge economy, sustainable development and governance issues with interests in culture, ethics and strategic management.
A mathematical modelling expert, Jon has experience of teaching mathematics, modelling, and operational research in the higher education sector. Research interests: systems theory, system dynamics and mathematics learning and teaching. PhD supervisor.
Teaching and learning
Theory and overviews will be presented in a series of formal lectures. These will be supported by a programme of seminars, including the use of videos, group work and exercises. Case studies have an important role to play within the overall teaching strategy. These will be selected to achieve wide sectional coverage of international industry and services including traditional, service, mature and technically advanced sectors e.g. international retailing, airlines, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, automobiles, and computers.
Self-managed learning: students are expected to spend an average of eight hours per week in self-managed learning to support the unit. Such learning includes case study preparation; all students are expected to have undertaken a preliminary reading of the case study before attending the first week of the cycle devoted to a specific case. Self-managed learning also includes week-by-week reading in one of the core strategy set texts, assignment preparation and writing, and examination revision.
Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in any subject
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